Fishing report: Smallmouth bass hitting at Neshannock Creek
• The fishing at Neshannock Creek is going well lately, with anglers picking up plenty of smallmouth bass throughout the creek. The top hot spot, according to fishermen, is the area around the Papermill Bridge. Tube jigs appear to be working well. Fly fishing at the creek has also been yielding strong results, with anglers using a wide range of flies to catch trout in Volant.
• Tionesta Lake is teeming with muskellunge, with most anglers finding success by just trolling the water. Typically, good options for bait when it comes to catching muskellunge include swimbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and vertical jigs.
• Anglers fishing the Tionesta Outflow are doing well with both muskellunge and channel catfish. According to reports, fishermen are catching both types of fish using a variety of live baits and lures.
• The Allegheny River in Forest County is providing fishermen with a solid number of smallmouth bass catches. Anglers are seeing good results with the bass while using a combination of tube jigs and live bait.
• The largemouth bass are still biting at Loyalhanna Lake, with plenty of anglers reeling in catches in the early morning hours of the day. The most recent reports indicate that fishermen are doing particularly well with the bass while using plastic worms as bait.
• The Youghiogheny River is offering up panfish and trout to fishermen trolling its waters. The catch rate for the trout figures to see an increase as the river received a recent stocking of the fish in the last couple of weeks.
• Anglers are doing well with catfish and walleye at Lake Arthur. Most of the catches are coming on chicken livers throughout the lake while the walleye are nibbling at night crawlers.
• High Point Lake is playing host to a variety of fish, including bass, catfish, yellow perch, sunfish and northern pike. The predominant catch, according to reports, is the bass.
• At Cross Creek Lake, fishermen are finding good numbers of bass and crappie. Some of the bigger bass catches are populating the areas of water that measure in at about a 10-15 foot depth.
• In Westmoreland County, the Allegheny River is giving anglers opportunities to catch largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass catches are coming from the areas around the structures that dot the riverbanks. At night, fishermen are catching catfish using chicken liver and bloodworms.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.